Azure Active Directory Domain Services

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From our articles about Azure Active Directory you must have learnt the basis. Now, let us learn about Domain Services of Azure Active Directory.

Azure AD Domain Service:

This is a methodology of accessing cloud based applications available in IT Infrastructure of an enterprise for its data transactions and operations.

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It allows to access all the older cloud-based applications running on Azure virtual machines onto the Microsoft's cloud infrastructure that are not using the latest authentication protocols.

Every user in that organization can access the applications through their official login credentials.

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Azure Active Directory Domain Services Features

1. Effortless deployment enables you to deploy Azure AD Domain Services with ease regardless of  your Azure AD tenant

2. Supporting domain-join automated in the Azure virtual network that Azure AD Domain Services .

3. AD Directory’s specific domain instance separately and individually.

4. Custom named domains along with the built-in suffix (i.e. * offered by your Azure AD directory.

5. No need to configure or manage user accounts, group memberships and user credentials (passwords) of your Azure AD directory are automatically synchronised to Azure AD Domain Services.

6. Rely on Windows authentication  by deploying NTLM and Kerberos authentication.

7. Corporate credentials/passwords for all your users in your organization  for their interactions.

8. No limits to regions with guarantees service uptime and failure prevention with the help  of built-in health monitoring automated remedy alerts for your domain.

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9. Integrate with any popular management tools LDAP.

10. One can shut down the system to update domain controller and restart it.

11. Fine grained password policies allows to create multiple passwords to accounts apply different restrictions in a single domain.

12. Offline defragmentation of  tasks in the Active Directory database can also made without restarting the domain controller.

13. Read only LDAP access.

14. Kerberos/ NTML  kind of authentication protocols are used for authorization monitoring.

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Azure Active Directory Domain Services for an Enterprise

1. Own Infrastructure as a Service Based computing and customers can now use a domain based service reducing the cost involved in setting up a virtual machine.

2. Customers can deploy their IT Infrastructure custom modules across all their premises.

3. Hourly based charging option is available which is much useful for small size directories.

4. Globally distributed over all data centers of an enterprise.

5. Data and its processing is highly secured and is centrally managed

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AAD Domain Services Set Up can be done in 4 simple steps:

1. Creating AAD DC Administrators.

2. Setting up a virtual network and its subnet.

3. Configure DNS settings

4. Creation of User credentials

Thus, Azure Active Domain Services provides a”DO IT YOURSELF” approach to all kind of application deployment. The applications can deployed on cloud server with standard cloud domain so that your on-premises AD environment  is completely separately. With just a simple cloud credentials you can deploy multiple applications with single virtual machine.

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If your Infrastructure requires you to create connect your Azure resources to on-premises network, then also you can do it by creating a duplicate domain controllers  or creating Expressroute connection that will not disturb the actual network firewall.

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